Wednesday 22 December 2021

Omicron: What if it really is just like the common cold?


South Africa is four weeks ahead of the rest of the world in its Omicron experience. Which is this: a huge spike in cases; hospitalisations and deaths remain flat. The UK is two weeks behind SA and has similar experience. The US another week behind, again the same experience. 

Shorter Omicron: many cases; little death.

We don't see this real world experience reflected in the Post. All we have is scary front-page stories and chilling editorials.

And yet very own University of Hong Kong has world-class research on Covid which explains Omocron's lower pathogenicity.  Omicron infects the upper airways, not the lower lung tissues, making it 70 times more infectious, but ten times less deadly. People with symptoms of Omicron report: runny nose, sneezing, cough, headache and itchy throat. That is: the common cold.

If that continues to be the case, I have two questions:

One: What is our government's plan, in the case that Omicron is only as deadly as a common cold? Will they continue to lock us down, like, forever?

Two: When will the South China Morning Post give more balanced reports? Instead of the breathless editorials of "rampaging" case numbers, with no context of lower hospitalisations and deaths?

Peter Forsythe, etc…

LATER: Add Australia to that list above: The Australian Protocol . 
Meantime: deaths from Omicron to date (23/12): United States = One.  Britain = One. Australia = zero. South Africa (iirc) = 14.

As published, 24 December: